Reverend Mario Castañeda
Father Mario is Pastor of St. John Fisher Catholic Church, was born in Columbia
and studied in Pontifico University in Columbia with the Jesuits. He was
ordained in the Stockton Diocese of California in June 5, 1995. Father Mario has
been with the Palm Beach Diocese since 2002 serving in different levels as
Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Lourdes in Boca Raton, then as Episcopal
Secretary to then Bishop Sean O’Malley, Associate Pastor at St. Rita’s in
Wellington and now as Pastor for St. John Fisher since 2009. He is also serves
as the spiritual director of a preaching ministry called “Tu Palabra Hoy” (Your
Word Today) that seeks to bring the Word of God to the world.
Founder of the Catholic community Cor et Lumen Christi
Damian is the founder of the Catholic community Cor et Lumen Christi (The Heart and Light of Christ), which seeks to marry a deep life of prayer and worship and a ministry of the word with healing, signs and wonders. The community is formally recognized by the Vatican. Damian has ministered in 25 countries, equipping believers of every background for supernatural ministry and seeing thousands healed at his services. God has graciously used Damian to bring many into the ongoing experience of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, prophetic revelation and deliverance. He believes that the Lord desires the new season in the miraculous that the church is now entering to be characterized by humility, purity, intimacy, unity and the manifestation of God’s glory. Damian is married to Cathy and they have two children John and Miryam.
Original Participant of the "Duquesne Weekend"
Patti Gallagher Mansfield was a participant in the February 1967 “Duquesne Weekend” which marked the beginning of the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church. From the earliest days of the Renewal she has served as a leader through teaching, writing and pastoral ministry. Patti’s testimony has been widely published and she has been a speaker at conferences and retreats for laity and priests in the United States and around the world. She is a frequent guest on Ralph Martin’s television program: The Choices We Face.
Patti has authored several books including: Proclaim His Marvelous Deeds, As By A New Pentecost: The Dramatic Beginning of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal with a Foreword by Cardinal Suenens and Magnificat: A Mother’s Reflections on Mary. She also has many teaching CDs.
Patti is married to Al Mansfield, Coordinator of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans, Louisiana, and they have four adult children and five grandchildren. She and Al serve together in pastoral leadership of a weekly prayer meeting and an annual Catholic Charismatic Conference. The Mansfields are Liaisons to the Archbishop of New Orleans for the Charismatic Renewal and are recipientsof the Papal Medal, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For the Church and the Pope).
Patti was asked by the Pontifical Council for the Laity to thank Pope Benedict XVI on behalf of all the ecclesial movements and new communities before a crowd of 400,000 people in St. Peter’s Squareon the vigil of Pentecost, 2006. She has also ministered at the International Retreat for Priests in Ars, France during the Year for Priests sponsored by the Congregation for the Clergy.
Dorothy And Kevin Ranaghan
Founding member of the People of Praise
In 1969, the Ranaghans published Catholic Pentecostals, the first book detailing the history of this renewal movement and articulating its theological implications. They linked baptism in the Spirit to a renewal of the sacraments of initiation. The book was translated into several languages, and Kevin Ranaghan traveled extensively, both in and out of the United States, to spread the news about this Pentecostal outpouring in the church. His travels brought him into contact not only with Catholic groups throughout the world, but also with groups of Protestants from Pentecostal, mainline, and evangelical streams of Christianity. Ranaghan served as a bridge between Catholics and those from other denominations who, for the first time in history, were experiencing a simultaneous and similar renewal in the Spirit.
Committees and Conferences
Ranaghan was ordained a permanent Catholic deacon in 1973. He joined the United States National Service Committee for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for 15 years, and for 11 years was its executive director. He has been a principal organizer of national and international conferences, especially the 1975 Catholic Leaders Conference in Rome, and the 1977 Ecumenical Conference in Kansas City. Currently serving as an ICCRS Council member representing community expression of the renewal, Kevin also serves as council vice-president. He was a member of the council from the time of its establishment in the late 1970s until 1984. In 1990, he returned to the Council in his present role.
People of Praise
Ranaghan was a founding member of the People of Praise, an ecumenical Christian covenant community.
Math Teacher at Washtenaw Community College
David Mangan is a graduate of Duquesne University and holds a Master’s Degree in Education. David has been involved in all levels of religious education for more than forty years as teacher and administrator. He and his wife Barbara were married in 1972, and have five children and sixteen grandchildren. They live in Ann Arbor, Michigan and are members of Christ the King Catholic Church.
David was one of the participants on the retreat in February of 1967 where events took place that are often marked as the beginning of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. He has served as a leader and teacher in Catholic renewal movements and has been active in preaching, teaching, family life seminars, bringing young people into the life of faith, healing ministry, and leadership training. David has written several magazine articles and has co-authored a book entitled Life in the Spirit for Your Kids, a practical “how to” manual for leading children into meaningful and lasting experience with God.
David presents himself not as an “expert” on Christian life and family life, but as a struggling father, doing his best to live an effective Christian life and raise his own kids Catholic. His conferences, workshops, and retreats are entertaining and practical, giving real help and hope.
David currently teaches math at Washtenaw Community College, after retiring as a math and theology teacher at Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His current book is God Loves You and There’s Nothing You Can Do About It.
President of Renewal Ministries
Ralph Martin is the President of Renewal Ministries and the host of the weekly television program The Choices We Face. He is the author of the bestselling book The Fulfillment of All Desire, and several other books on the Catholic Church, spirituality, and audio albums on the teaching of the saints. He is the Director of Graduate Programs in The New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Ralph is also Associate Professor of Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit as well as Visiting Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, an MA from Sacred Heart Major Seminary, and an STL from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC and a S.T.D. from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (The Angelicum) in Rome. In December of 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Ralph to a five-year term as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization. Ralph also served as an expert to the Synod of Bishops for the New Evangelization in 2012. Ralph and his wife Anne have six children and twelve grandchildren.
Dr. Mary Healy
Professor of Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit
Dr. Mary Healy is professor of Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and serves as chair of the Doctrinal Commission of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS). Her doctorate is in Biblical theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. She is a member of the Pentecostal-Catholic International Dialogue, and she speaks nationally and internationally. She was appointed by Pope Francis as one of the first three women ever to serve on the Pontifical Biblical Commission.
Dr. Healy has published numerous books, including Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World.
Dr. Vinson Synan
Leading Historical Authority On Early American Evangelicalism
Dr. Harold Vinson Synan is a leading historical authority on early American evangelicalism, and is author of “The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition: Charismatic Movements in the Twentieth Century.” It addresses how a wide-range of charismatic movements in America during the 20th century experienced an “identifiable second blessing” that included Catholic and Anglican mystics. Synan has published a total of sixteen books, fifteen of which are related to Pentecostal and Charismatic history.
In 1977, Synan was the chairman of the Pentecostal track for the General Conference on Charismatic Renewal held in Arrow Head Stadium in Kansas City. This event packed the stadium with 50,000 charismatic worshipers and attracted attention from around the world. It also opened up many doors of ministry for Synan and he became a frequently invited guest on such television programs as The PTL Club, Trinity Broadcasting Network, and The 700 Club to discuss the Renewal that was occurring among Catholics and the exploding growth of Pentecostalism around the world.
During the years of 1990 and 1994, Synan was professor of Pentecostal and Charismatic History and served as the Director of the Holy Spirit Research Center at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For twelve years, from 1994 to 2006, he served as the Dean of the Regent University School of Divinity. Under his leadership the School of Divinity implemented both a Doctorate of Ministry and a non-residential and on-line Ph.D. program in Renewal Studies, which was the first of its kind in the world. Presently, Synan serves as Professor of Pentecostal and Charismatic History and Dean Emeritus of Regent University.